Italy made its debut at the United Nations Security Council in a 2017 scheduled to be full of engagements and major international responsibilities for our Country.
The special session of the United Nations Security Council meeting which took place this morning focused on the theme of conflict prevention and the achievement of a sustainable peace. Within this context I shall loudly voice the stand of Italy, a country that has a long-standing and appreciated experience on the issue, by developing, together with my colleagues, an innovative approach that might include environmental protection and the safeguard of cultural heritage, in the perspective of an updated and integrated vision of prevention actions.
This was the focus of the meeting with Antonio Guterres, the newly appointed Secretary General of the United Nations, who began his mandate on January 1st and who is seeking, also with our support, to reinforce its coordination role in the crucial area of large-scale security.
During the talks with Guterres, I will discuss issues of utmost importance, including the reform of the Security Council and of the functional set-up of the Organisation, themes to which Italy can contribute advanced proposals and solutions.
To complete a day of such relevance I, together with my colleague from The Netherlands, Bert Koenders, will open the remarkable photo exhibition on the “Pillars of Cooperation”, and will meet the President of the General Assembly, the Fijian diplomat Peter Thomson, to discuss how to organise the proceedings.
The day’s agenda ended with bilateral talks with colleagues from the United Kingdom, Kazakhstan and Ethiopia.